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News Ticker: My Morning Jacket, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, "Idol Gives Back"

April 9, 2010 8:10 AM ET

My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst and Bon Iver will contribute on the 12-track tribute disc Broken Hearts And Dirty Windows: Songs Of John Prine. According to Consequence of Sound, the LP also features the Avett Brothers and Deer Tick.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor are ending their hiatus. In an online press release, the band reports they'll be rocking "9 American towns" and curating the U.K. installment of All Tomorrow's Parties: "We are, as always, stoked, stubborn and petrified."

Next week's American Idol charity fundraiser Idol Gives Back will feature a taped appearance by President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, according to Fox News' White House blog.

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